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Do All the Good You Can

November 7, 2019
Shermian Woodhouse
Do All the Good You Can

“By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” John Wesley


My son is starting high school. It brings me back to the day I made that same big step. My dad drove me to school on that day and I remember how thankful I was because I was a little afraid.

After all, my high school was about three hours from where we lived. Going there meant I would have to move away from home for the first time. So it was a very important thing for my dad to drive those three hours just so he could be there with me for my first day at school.

I felt so appreciative at the time that he would do this for me that it became an important life lesson. From my father’s caring gesture, I learned that the little things you do for someone can be very important.

Several decades later, I remembered that day as I drove my own son to begin his first day at high school. Something small, but I hoped, very important.

Sometimes in my practice, I have people who come in for treatment who don’t want to be a burden on their children. They are afraid their kids might have to take time off or might have to add one more activity to their busy schedules. I feel sad when I hear those concerns. After all, those parents took care of those children when they were young and needed time-consuming support.

Driving a loved one to their medical appointment is an example of one small thing a person could do that might mean the world to somebody else.

In the last issue of the newsletter, I posted an article called, What kind of bird are you? Someone recently surprised me by turning that question around. The person approached me and asked, “What kind of bird are YOU?”

Well, some days I’m an eagle. But sometimes I’m a sparrow. Sometimes, I’m a colorful toucan! I guess I’m whatever bird I need to be that day!

But whatever bird we are on any given day, it’s good to do good. You never know how the things you do impact another person’s life. You might even be surprised at how much you get back in return.

If you decide to reach out to help another person, it doesn’t have to be a big thing. It doesn’t have to mean a commitment of a day, a week or a year. The person doesn’t even have to know your name.

I’m often guided by a book called Random Acts of Kindness. It brings to mind how much joy you can bring by doing something small for someone you don’t even know.

Doing good can warm your heart. And every little good thing you do for another person sows seeds with God. Sometimes, the seeds of goodness you sow don’t necessarily come back to you. But often, I do hope people in this world will be kind to the people I love or do kind things for people I care about. Maybe you do too! The actions of people who may start out as strangers elevate our world. They bring more happiness and peace.

Even when those actions only light a tiny corner, it’s still light that wasn’t there before. They help make the world just that little bit brighter.

And with that hope, I send my most heartfelt wishes to my son as he starts this important new stage of his life: Let the whole world see and feel your light.


‘Til next time,

Dr. Woodhouse

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